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June 22, 2012

U.S. Commerce Sec. Bryson resigns

U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson. (UPI/Kevin Dietsch)

WASHINGTON (UPI) -- U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson, who suffered a seizure and was involved in two traffic accidents, has resigned, the White House announced Thursday.

President Obama issued a statement saying he had accepted Bryson's resignation Wednesday night, praising him as a "tireless" and "distinguished leader."

"I am grateful that he brought ... invaluable experience and expertise to my administration, and am pleased that he has agreed to continue supporting our efforts to strengthen the economy and create good jobs by serving as a member of my Export Council going forward," Obama said.

Bryson was scheduled to meet with Obama Thursday afternoon.

Bryson was found unconscious in his Lexus in Southern California on June 9 after striking two vehicles. He has been on medical leave since June 11.

Rebecca M. Blank has been serving as acting secretary.

Before being appointed to the Obama Cabinet, Bryson served as chairman, chief executive officer and president of Edison International, the parent company of Southern California Edison and as a director of The Boeing Co.

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